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Channa Montijn  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Sep 29, 2004

Dear all

I just received an e-mail stating:"On behalf of International WHO'S WHO of Professionals, I am pleased
to inform you that you have been nominated as a candidate for
inclusion in the 2004-2005 edition. We congratulate you.
Nomination to WHO'S WHO is an honor in itself. WHO'S WHO has over
20,000 members in 154 countries. It is the most elite professional
network in the world. The members assist each other daily with
business and career opportunities. It is in times like these that
such a network is most valuable and we are seeing members help other
members expand their businesses, find new positions, even relocate
to another country."

This must be a scam... Did anyone of you receive a simular e-mail?

thanks in advance for your input -))


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Monika Coulson  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:26
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This has been around for a long time Sep 29, 2004

I have received their invitation by mail several times. I think "Who is Who" is located in the UK. However, as far as I know, it is not a scam. If you want, you can write about your own achievements and they will publish it on a "Who is Who" magazine, and therefore, they claim that "the whole world will get to know you and your achievements." Of course, you have to pay them to get your spot on that magazine. They try to convince you that you have earned your spot there through your hard work, and that others should know about you and your glorious development and success now... Maybe it was just me, but I got the feeling that they were more interested on my money, rather than on my success.

Personally I found this amusing, especially when I red a few samples, so I did not bother replying to them. However, there are a lot of people who use "Who is Who" and that's how the people at "Who is Who" make their living.

Hope this helps,
Monika


Channa Montijn wrote:

This must be a scam... Did anyone of you receive a simular e-mail?

thanks in advance for your input -))



[Edited at 2004-09-29 17:39]


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Antje Harder  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 04:26
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Most probably a scam... Sep 29, 2004

...here are two interesting links:

http://www.internationalwhoswho.de/

http://www.complaints.com/september2002/complaintoftheday.september5.1.htm

Regards from Antje
(who received this mail for the second time today...)


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xxxLia Fail  Identity Verified
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Meaningless ............... Sep 29, 2004

Monika Coulson wrote:

If you want, you can write about your own achievements and they will publish it on a "Who is Who" magazine, and therefore, they claim that "the whole world will get to know you and your achievements." Of course, you have to pay them to get your spot on that magazine.

A bit like those degrees they offer you that you "deserve", becuase you have worked in some area all your life .......:-)


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davidgreen
German to English
rule of thumb Sep 30, 2004

People, correct me if I'm wrong but I think that you will never received an unsolicited offer for anything via email that you will actually want (outside of translation work). The obvious spam offers are the ones that go into your bulk mail folder. No one is making genuine "special offers" in mass mailings. In any event, in this case I'm sure there is a fee to be paid somewhere.

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Cristina Lazaro  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:26
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Probably not a scam, but... Sep 30, 2004

I also received their invitation a couple of times, a few years ago, after getting my degree in the US. I also got the feeling that they were more interested in my money than in anything else. However, I thought it was funny when I saw in the CV of a couple of quite respected researchers in Spain that they list their inclusion in the Who is Who publication as a "professional achievement".

Greetings,

Cristina


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Channa Montijn  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Sep 30, 2004

Thank you all for your reply... I did fill in a form but had a great laugh at the same time... ridiculous, me in Who is Who... who cares -))
I wonder were they get the e-mailaddresses from... but that goes for all spammail...

Thanks again for sharing your experience.

Have a lovely day!


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